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    Ready to Drop Your Kids From the Helicopter?

    What doesn’t kill them … Some parents are heeding psychologists’ advice and letting kids play in ways that make others cringe — in the hopes of stimulating creativity and giving them a mental and academic edge. Children, especially in upper-socioeconomic rungs, have long been limited to rubberized play to keep them safe. But that doesn’t provide the same learning experience as a rope swing over a pond or a rickety wooden fort. Trouble is, kids can and do get hurt, making it tough to convince western safety regulators to cry anything other than “foul play.”

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